A cargo ship is being outfitted in Virginia with sophisticated technology capable of destroying Syrian chemical weapons.
The 648-foot MV Cape Ray is undergoing work in a Portsmouth shipyard before sea trials and its expected voyage to the Mediterranean. The vessel in the Maritime Administration's ready reserve is rolling out the gangplank Thursday for media visits.
A key shipboard addition is a high-tech system that can neutralize lethal chemical weapons such as nerve gas with water and bleaching compounds. It could treat more than two dozen metric tons of chemicals daily in international waters.
The Syrian government agreed to a U.S-Russian deal to eliminate its chemical arms.